Archive for October, 2010

Red, Orange and Yellow

We returned from Michigan two weeks ago. As we were driving home Ava looked out the window of the car and said, “Mama where is the red and orange?” She of course was referring to all the wonderful fall colors Michigan had spoiled us with. Here in the northwest even when the leaves start to change it is mostly green, The Emerald City!  Fall photos just will not be the same next year as we are traveling to Michigan in the summer and winter for Christmas.  So here are some photos highlighting the colors of fall and of course my beauty, Ava.  Sorry there are so many but after all this blog is really Ava’s childhood journal/ photo album!  (Oh, and soon to be Ella’s as well!)

So no smiles but eye contact!



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Still Talking…

Not a day has gone by, two weeks later, where Ava has not talked about the choo-choo and carousel from Greenfield Village. Excitement does not begin to describe it~ July will be our next visit to Michigan and I am sure this outing will be #1 on the priority list. Hard to believe that we will have Ava and a 6 month Ella joining the rides.  I just love this age of awe and wonder, toddlerhood is amazing!

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Greenfield Village

“Entering Greenfield Village is like stepping into an 80-acre time machine. It takes you back to the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past. There are 83 authentic, historic structures, from Noah Webster’s home, where he wrote the first American dictionary, to Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, to the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. The buildings and the things to see are only the beginning. There’s the fun stuff, too. In Greenfield Village, you can ride in a genuine Model T … or spend a quiet moment pondering the home and workshop where the Wright brothers invented the airplane.”

Greenfield Village is truly beautiful.  My parents were married in the chapel on the grounds and so was my cousin.  My mom and I were very excited for a visit but were not quite sure if Ava would find this outing fun!  As it turned out there was nothing to worry about!  Ava is still sharing with everyone she meets that she went on a loud choo-choo train and rode a zebra, horse, frog and cat on the carosel.  We took a ride in a horse drawn carriage and an original model T!  All in all it was the perfect fall day and Ava is eagerly awaiting a return trip on the choo-choo with grammy and this time daddy!  Here are some rare non-people shots for me… I would love fall photos here every year!!!!  Incredible!

The chapel where my parents got married

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Don’t you just love when you find the PERFECT gift! I am hoping my aunt had that great feeling when she found Ava the perfect book for this halloween! (of course knowing that she would be a ladybug!)

“Ladybug Girl”

We read it several times a day, so much in fact that she reads it to me! The Perfect gift indeed!

By the way this book is worth a read and purchase even if your little darling is not a ladybug!

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Just what would Ava be for Halloween?…. Oh decisions!

At first I was leaning towards creating a Jessie, from Toy Story 2 costume, but truly Buzz is Ava’s favorite character. If she had asked a Buzz costume of course would be permitted but since she is not quite at that stage I held out for something a little more girly! Laugh if you must.

Then in the mail my answer arrived… The Pottery Barn Kids Catalog! Ava stumbled upon a picture of a ladybug costume and began shouting, “Ava ladybug!” She tore the page from the catalog and slept with it for three days, a decision made easy! The costume featured however was a whopping $69! RIDICULOUS!  So I made my own…

I created the pattern free hand and hand stitched all the felt pieces using embroidery thread.  As for the tutu I used my own tutorial found here.  I must admit however that the ladybug treat bag from Pottery Barn was too cute to pass up and a much harder project to recreate.  I think well worth the $16 especially since Ava loves nothing more than carrying things everywhere it will get plenty of use.


Old Navy:

  • Black long sleeve t-shirt $3

Jo-Ann Fabrics:  (with a %50 off one item coupon)

  • 5 Yards red tulle
  • 1 yard black tulle
  • 2 yards black grosgrain ribbon
  • 6 black felt squares
  • red and black embroidery thread
  • Black elastic
  • black headband from the $1 bin

TOTAL COST $16… NOT bad if I do say so myself!

Pottery Barn Kids Costume $69

As always my little darling hardly cooperated with photos but you get the idea… doesn’t she make the cutest ladybug?

the treat bag


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Rocking Out With Daddy!

Ava, Larry and the guitar is anything more precious? I just LOVE these shots!

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Washing Hands

Ava recently went through a phase where she could sit for 20 minutes plus and wash her hands… better described as playing in the sink water! I so rarely get smiles captured that these are well worth a post!

Watching herself is almost as fun as the water!

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